Buying Preowned Ulysse Nardin Watches

If you are a fan of luxury watches, and all things nautical, it would be a good idea to look at buying a preowned Ulysse Nardin. Formed in Switzerland in 1846, Ulysse Nardin has won countless awards for it’s marine chronometers. They were in use by over 50 of the world’s navies up until 1950. There is such a marine heritage with the brand that any fan of sailing and boating in general would look good buying a preowned Ulysse Nardin.


During the quartz crisis, Ulysse Nardin was suffering just like so many other Swiss watch companies. In 1983 Rolf Schnyder took over and reestablished Ulysse Nardin as a profitable company. They are even still producing watches in the same building they were in 1865. Joined by master watchmaker Ludwig Oechslin, Ulysse Nardin started building complication timepieces, pieces which contained multiple functions. 


On the 150th anniversary of the brand, 1996, Oechslin created their first marine chornometer and their first perpetual calendar, the Marine Chronometer 1846 and Perpetual Ludwig respectively. These would be early signs of some of the awesome pieces that would come out from the brand in the next few years. 

In 2011, Ulysse Nardin acquired an enameler in Switzerland named Donzé Cadrans. They were now able to utilize enameling on their dials. Combined with the first in house automatic movement, the UN-118, Ulysse Nardin showed they were not resting on their laurels. Ulysse Nardin were going to continue to step up their game, and they proved it a year later releasing five new in house calibers, the UN-690, UN-310, UN-170, UN-150 and UN-205. All of this inovation and technologie has Ulysse Nardin in the exclusive Fondation Haute Horlogerie. Even Rolex, Omega, and Patek Philippe are only perimeter brands in this group. A preowned Ulysse Nardin is a quality buy. If you need other reasons, here you are:

  • Innovative Designs
  • Unarguable Heritage
  • Strong Value


Innovative Designs

If you want innovation, look no further than the Freak. This is the exact opposite of what a watchmaker is supposed to do. Released in 2001, this was the first watch that contained silicone escapements, yes escapements as there are two with 4 contact points. The movement is not just a movement, it is also the minute hand and the entire movement rotates around the dial every twelve hours. The hour marker is a little more traditional, but it’s not traditional. It is a rotating disc. 

This is just the start of the unique timepiece. There is no crown. Setting the time and winding the watch is a feat no one has seen before. There is a locking flap under the 6 o’clock mark on the bezel. Yes you have to unlock the bezel so you can turn it, which turns the entire movement to set the time. To wind it up is just as unique. The caseback is the winding mechanism. When you turn it to certain positions, you get a view of a massive mainspring, a mainspring that’s almost the diameter of the entire watch. If the name fits, wear it, it truly is a freak, but an entirely sophisticated, and high level piece of technology.It is a preowned Ulysse Nardin that anyone should strive for.

Unarguable Heritage

This is an award winning manufacture. For 175 years they have been keeping time with the best brands out there. They have won more awards than just about any manufacture in the world. According to a 1975 report by the Neuchatel Observatory, Ulysse Nardin was awarded 4324 performance certificates out of 4504 submitted, an unreal 95%. The brand has also received 2411 special prizes and 18 gold medals in International Competitions. There is no doubt Ulysse Nardin is a brand at the pinnacle of watchmaking. 

Due to the exceptional marine chronometers Ulysse Nardin were manufacturing, navies around the world have been using their instruments as previously stated. In 1902 the US Navy was receiving marine chronometers from Ulysse Nardin. As is the fashion for the US Military, competitions are held to decide who is manufacturing their equipment. These competitions were won by Ulysse Nardin over and over resulting in becoming the official supplier to the Navy’s torpedo boats.


It is the dedication to quality and precision that makes buying a preowned Ulysse Nardin a smart idea. If it’s good enough for the US Navy, it’s good enough for your wrist. Not only is it good enough for the US Navy, but it is also in the navies of the United Kingdom, Japan, and Russia, each a naval superpower in their own rights. 

Strong Value

Yes there is the typical Swiss depreciation, but Ulysse Nardin hold their value quite well. The average Ulysse Nardin preowned can be bought at roughly half the price of new. This is pretty much a fair value even years down the road as that value has held fairly steady over the years. The Freak is another example. The Freak X Carbonium is trading quite near its original MSRP. You can see, especially with certain models, the Ulysse Nardin holds value very well. You can be sure that buying a preowned Ulysse Nardin will be a solid option if you do decide you would like to replace it again in a few years, with some of the rarer forms possibly appreciating in the future. 


The things you need to look for when buying pre-owned Ulysse Nardin watches

Buying anything used should require some research because you are not buying a used toy for your kids, but a luxury watch that costs several thousands of dollars.

If you are a person who likes to be in control and likes to research the watches you are planning to buy, your main focus should be to know who the sellers are.

By choosing the right sellers, you will find out if the Ulysse Nardin watch is the right one. In case you are not familiar with how to vet trusted sellers, you should read this blog post.

‘”Trusted Watch Sellers”

Trusted sellers care more about their reputation than money.Hence a good seller will provide you an accurate watch description and also will be able to answer all your questions.

If you like to sit and relax, you can always have other watch dealers look for your watch. The downside is that the watch will be a bit more expensive, but you don’t have to take the risk of buying a counterfeit watch.

How can you find Ulysse Nardin watches for sale?

Finding the right omega watch for sale requires a lot of work unless you know what you are looking for.Value Your Watch also offers great Ulysse Nardin watches for sale,

Always remember, it always comes down to who the seller is. Sometimes the watch deal seems too good to be true.You don’t want to risk purchasing a Ulysse Nardin watch from a dishonest person who can potentially scam you.

You might look at different marketplaces and realize that a watch is priced well, but you will need to pay fees such as sales tax, which are charged even if you are purchasing the watch from individual sellers.


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